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Vol. XIII No.2 - Sunday January 26, 2014 - Saturday February 8, 2014


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Central Airport Plaza parking

Dear Editor,
I must applaud the opening of Central Festival as it has now made Central Airport Plaza far more accessible! I used to shudder at having to go there, it was pretty much the only game in town and the parking was always difficult and if on a weekend almost impossible. Even on my scooter it was difficult to find parking. Then they added that giant home store Baan and Beyond and the office supply store and cut even more into the parking spaces out back. I thought it a strange move considering the difficulty in finding parking.
However, the popularity of Central Festival has made Central Airport much more accessible, easier and more pleasant to use. I even visited the Baan and Beyond store and found it quite nice with many good home decorations. I thought it would have more furniture but it seemed to be mainly décor, plumbing and beds.
Anyway, I really like Central Festival but find it too big. I am not so young any more these days and Central Festival can be quite a hike. The elevators are not conveniently placed either. The elevators are not that convenient in Central Airport either but it is also smaller and much easier to navigate in a lot of ways.
So, I go to Central Festival if I want a cookie, I love Mrs. Fields cookies, but mainly use Central Airport for my shopping. I can park, it isn’t filled with crowds of people like before but it is still busy enough for the vendors I think.
I realize many people are unhappy with the proliferation of shopping malls in Chiang Mai but to me to finally have some selection has certainly made living and shopping here easier.
Yours,
Central Airport fan


Flashing lights on Mahidol Road

Dear Editor,
I was driving down Mahidol Road this evening headed towards the Hang Dong road turn off when I saw what I thought was perhaps a police car or ambulance so I moved over to the right hand lane to get out of the way.
I was quite surprised and rather dismayed to see that the flashing red lights were an advertisement for some roadside shop! Surely if not illegal it should be. It is quite distracting and very misleading for drivers along that very busy stretch of highway at night.
I would suggest to the police and the authorities that such misleading lights be banned and removed. It is difficult enough driving in Thailand without such flashing lights fooling drivers into thinking there is an emergency up ahead.
Regards
Disconcerted driver


Why no headlights at dusk?

Dear Editor,
I have noticed that as the days got a little shorter I saw more and more people driving around with their headlights off at dusk. Even into nighttime, with the streets nearly dark, many people did not bother to have their headlights on. Perhaps they think it doesn’t matter if there is still some light out? I do not know. A friend suggested that perhaps they forgot but it is far too many people to be the random person that forgets. Another friend suggested that maybe people think they save gas by not turning on their headlights but since these are the same people who always have the aircon on in the car I don’t see how that reason works either.
The fact is that dusk is the most dangerous time of day as the light fades and things are less easy to see. The eyes haven’t fully adjusted and it is precisely that moment you need to turn your headlights on.
I see many motorcycles do have their headlights on, I am not sure if this is automatic or just good common sense on the part of drivers who realize that they are already rather hard to see. But it would be a good idea if more automobile drivers turned their lights on as the sun starts to go down, it is safer for everyone on the road, including themselves.
Thank you
Bob


When will marriage equality be recognized in Thailand?

Dear Editor,
I am a gay man legally married to my partner in my home country. My partner is Thai and yet I am not allowed to apply for a marriage visa. My legally valid marriage is not recognised in Thailand at all.
This does not seem right to me. Marriages in Thailand are legally recognised in my country, where is the reciprocity? Perhaps my country should not allow people married in Thailand to obtain marriage visas either. It seems to me that the growing trend of legal same sex marriages will only continue and its time Thailand caught up!
Thailand, consider recognising same sex marriage laws and respecting that country’s laws as well as requiring others to respect yours.
Signed
Gay and married but not married


Burning in the mountains

Dear Editor,
It was with great surprise that I read in your newspaper that the Army plans on fighting fires in the North since in drives out of the city I regularly see plumes of smoke coming from various areas and no indication that anyone plans on putting them out.
I have to ask, does anyone actually patrol? Is there anyone who is checking these things in the province or do they just wait until someone calls it in to report? If so I can’t believe they get much information since the people burning certainly won’t turn themselves in!
So, if the government is really serious about cracking down on burning maybe they could get the Air Force to use a few of those helicopters to patrol now and then and radio to someone on the ground to go put the fire out and arrest the person doing the burning!
These are usually not small fires and are easily seen from the roads. I can only think that like many things the government pays lip service to getting something done but doesn’t actually do it because it might offend a few people.
Signed
Moving out in March


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Central Airport Plaza parking

Flashing lights on Mahidol Road

Why no headlights at dusk?

When will marriage equality be recognized in Thailand?

Burning in the mountains

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